when we finished for Christmas break, we knew that the Interim exhibition and presentation would soon be coming around the corner. Which is basically a mid way point through the year for assessment. So over the holidays I was busy working on a number of sculptures and some new paintings that I wanted to exhibit.
I made 7 sculptures all together, which I made with the intention of displaying them on the floor as a type of installation. However, I find that the sculptures are quite versatile and suit pretty much any type of display (plinth or wall piece). As I made them at home, (away from a studio with good lighting), I think I have perhaps lost some of the colour which from the beginning has been my overall identity and aesthetic. Even though some areas of the pieces are very white, I still believe the muted pastel colours carry the work forward.
Along with my sculptures I made 2 paintings which were meant to complement the pieces. I decided to paint the varied versions of my sculptures as an added element. But also I found that painting them somehow validated their existence as real ‘things’. On reflection of the paintings I find I am not completely happy with them and in fact I think I am happier with the sculptures alone . And I think they can stand by themselves without the paintings as back up.
One of the last things I added to my display was the arrangement of some plaster fragments that I have been saving up since the start of the year. These shards of plaster have come from broken, smashed up pieces that I have either done by accident or on purpose. I arranged them quite spontaneously by placing some of the bigger pieces wherever I felt they should go, and sprinkling the other fragments over top. The final addition to this arrangement was some pastel thread that I had been saving for the right time to use it. Again this was a case of laying the thread over the plaster, and leaving it wherever it fell. I did this piece as an example of were I think my work may go next, as I feel I may begin to strip away the original form as focus on the materials than the shape.
I think my presentation of this work went well. I spoke for maybe just under 15 minutes, about my starting point, my experimentations, progress and where I think I will go next with the work. I found that, after my part of the presentation, I was given some good feedback and asked some helpful questions from my tutors and the technicians. From this I think I will be able to progress onto the next chapter of my work, and basically make a start on producing work that could be display in the degree show.
Materials used – Mod-rock, newspaper, MDF, cardboard, plaster, acrylic paint, powdered pigment, thread, plastic, canvas.